Announcing Lever Leaders for 2021-2022

Announcing Lever Leaders for 2021-2022
Posted on 05/17/2021

Superintendent Letterhead


May 17, 2021


Dear Lockhart ISD Staff,


In Lockhart ISD, we are proud of our progress in developing a leadership pipeline devoted to “UnLocking Potential,” identifying high-potential leaders and providing them opportunities to lead and grow.


This school year, we launched the “Lever Leaders” program at Plum Creek Elementary to pilot a shared leadership model that provided opportunities for four teachers to lead without having to leave the classroom, and this year, we announced the expansion of this model to Lockhart High School for the 2021-2022 school year. 


“Lever Leaders” spend 50 percent of their time teaching in their classrooms and 50 percent of their time leading teams of teachers, boosting them to even higher levels of performance. They are empowered to take on leadership roles that do not require them to become administrators, although they may choose to in the future, with greater compensation and distributed leadership roles. 


After a rigorous application process, I am pleased to announce the selection of six teachers selected as the second cohort of Lever Leaders for Lockhart ISD! Please join me in congratulating these teachers in charting the course for shared leadership at the secondary level!




Lindsey Pilgrim - Lockhart High School

Lindsey Pilgrim is a secondary instructional coach for ELAR and Social Studies at Lockhart High School. She has a total of 14 years experience in education, all within Lockhart ISD. Prior to becoming an instructional coach, she taught English I and reading. In her current role, she has created and presented professional learning opportunities based on district and campus needs; developed staff through one-on-one coaching cycles; facilitated data cycles to identify achievement and growth, design intervention and reflect on teaching practice; supported implementation of district and campus initiatives including TEKS RS, The Fundamental 5, and various literacy initiatives; innovated and designed programs in support of district and campus goals, collected data on high-yield instructional practices through PowerWalks, and engaged in goal setting and ongoing professional development. 


Ms. Pilgrim was selected for the 2020 cohort of The Heart of Texas Writing Project Summer Institute and has implemented this literacy research and practice into ELA, social studies, and science courses at Lockhart High School. She also advanced her leadership skills by attending a summer leadership program, Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Ms. Pilgrim earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Academic Coaching From The University of Texas at Tyler. 


Anna Baker- PRIDE High School 

Anna Baker is currently a secondary teacher at PRIDE High School. During her 10 years of education experience, she also taught science in La Joya, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and McDonough, Georgia. At PRIDE High School, she demonstrated a high level of effective organization, communication, and interpersonal skills to drive attendance rates and individual goal-driven student paces; utilized data to measure and monitor progress and performance; implemented multiple instructional styles (mini lesson cycle, blended learning, station rotation, PL, and PBL) ; and was a grant writer for USATestPrep for Spring 2020 and Forensics in Math and Science for Spring 2021. She was selected as a secondary summer school teacher/Edgenuity lead, an LISD VIP Cohort 4 member, and a two-time 1.5 Champion Award winner for 2020 and 2021. 


Ms. Baker is goal-driven, data-driven, and relationships-driven, and she has a record of excellence because of these strengths. 

Ms. Baker earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from California State University Fullerton and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Mount San Antonio College in California. 



Bailey Williams - Lockhart High School

Bailey Williams is currently a secondary math and science instructional coach at Lockhart High School. She previously served as a secondary science, CTE  teacher, and curriculum writer with a total of 12 years of education experience. In her role as instructional coach, she has coached novice and veteran teachers and modeled best practice instructional strategies; guided teams in creating data driven intervention plans; aided and supported grant writing projects; created a literacy-focused scope and sequence and supported teachers in its implementation in secondary science classrooms; completed equity projects with a team of teachers, and researched and vetted various curriculum resources to support science and math team’s needs. Other leadership experiences include launching and leading a biomedical sciences CTE program, organizing and hosting the Akins High School Science Fair, and organizing and facilitating teacher needs-based professional development.  She was selected as Teacher of the Year at Akins High School in 2013.


Ms. Williams brings knowledge of analyzing data, using strong instructional strategies, and experience with coaching teachers. Additionally one of her strengths is working with administrators to implement campus initiatives. 


Ms. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas Permian Basin. 


Carolyn Coburn - Lockhart High School
Carolyn Coburn is an English I teacher at Lockhart High School. With a total of 14 years of experience in education, she previously taught English II - III at San Marcos High School. In her current role, she is also the English I Team Leader, and has created data sheets from Eduphoria to help teachers navigate data; led data evaluations for the English I team and how to reflect and plan based on the data; cultivated and encouraged atmosphere of respect and collaboration in the English department; managed meetings and disseminated information to a team of 19 teachers in regards to policies, procedures, EOC data, and expectations; created tracking and planning documents for students and teachers with data from previous tests to show growth and achievement and develop goals and interventions for students; and has led numerous professional development sessions to help unlock potential in other teachers She was selected as the San Marcos Lions Club Teacher of the Month in April 2016, Teacher of the Year at San Marcos High School in 2017, and 1.5 Champion Award at Lockhart High School in 2021.


Ms. Coburn has a love for continuous learning as a professional and wants to help inspire and support others in their growth. She has experience in leading other teachers that will be an asset.


Ms. Coburn earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Texas State University. 


Suzanne Maiorka - Lockhart High School
Suzanne Maiorka is a veteran algebra and geometry teacher at Lockhart High School with a total of 24 years in education. Before joining Lockhart ISD in 1998, she served as a 7th and 8th grade mathematics teacher in Bastrop ISD. In her current role, she additionally serves as the head of the mathematics department, providing leadership to other mathematics teachers, and has served on the Campus Leadership team, Attendance Committee, and on interview committees. She was selected for the National Honor Roll Most Influential Teacher Award in 2006, National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teachers Award in 2007, Easiest to Talk To Teacher Award in 2015, 1.5 Champion Award in 2019, and Teacher of the Year for Lockhart High School in 2020. 


Ms. Maiorka previously considered applying for an opportunity to become an instructional coach, but she did not want to leave the classroom. She sees the Lever Leader opportunity as the chance to lead while continuing teaching. 


Ms. Maiorka earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and certification in Secondary Education specializing in Mathematics from Southwest Texas State University.


Leopoldo A Vazquez - Lockhart High School

Leopoldo Vazquez is a Spanish teacher at Lockhart High School, a role he has served throughout his 16 years of education experience. He is also the lead teacher for the foreign language department, providing leadership to other teachers. In his role, he has designed fun and engaging lessons for Spanish I - V classes while aligning lessons with the foreign language, advanced placement, and technology standards. He has also used native Hispanic/Latino materials to teach the language and culture. He has worked cooperatively with other teachers in developing and sharing curriculum strategies to benefit students, using a variety of instructional strategies to provide equitable and excellent outcomes for students of all levels. 


Mr. Vazquez was selected as Teacher of the Year for Lockhart High School in 2021. He is respected by both his peers and students for demonstrating a “LockHeart for People” by developing relationships and building trust to help coach students and staff to grow and achieve. 


Mr. Vazquez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English from Texas State University. 


Congratulations to all of the LHS Lever Leaders! We are proud of your record of excellence in teaching and leading, and we look forward to seeing the impact you will make for both students and staff next school year! 


If any of you are interested in learning more about what you can do now to prepare for future opportunities in shared leadership, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. It would be my pleasure to have that conversation with you and provide that guidance. 


Sincerely,


Mark Estrada

Superintendent of Schools

Lockhart ISD 


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